This workshop will benefit social workers and advocates working in aging services and/or with dependent disabled adults in California. Participants will develop knowledge on micro and macro issues faced by victims of elder/depended adult abuse. The focus of this workshop is to build knowledge around the relationship between ageism and abuse including intersectionality among other marginalized communities; how to recognize abuse in a variety of situations and contexts; when and where to report abuse; benefits and limitations to protective service support; and secondary interventions recommended for adult abuse survivors including legal advocacy, safety planning, therapy, and support groups.
This course was created for mandated reporters - such as social workers, behavioral health practitioners, case managers, and other service providers - who provide services to older and dependent adults, and their families. This course provides law and ethics credits. Although this course is California law-specific, it provides a comprehensive overview of the types of elder and dependent adult abuse and signs practitioners should assess for.
After completing this course, the reader will be able to do the following:
- Describe structural issues that put older adults and dependent adults at risk for abuse, and serve as protective factors to prevent abuse.
- Describe individual/micro risk factors for adult abuse.
- Name the 5 types of elder/dependent adult abuse and signs/symptoms for each type of abuse.
- Describe situations that require filing an Adult Protective Services report.
- Identify which agencies to file reports of adult abuse depending on situation and setting.
- Identify concerns reporting parties experience when reporting adult abuse.
- Describe interventions utilized by Adult Protective Services and other 1st responders to adult abuse.
- Identify supportive interventions utilized by aging services and victim service providers to support older adults experiencing abuse.